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3 Mills Studio

London’s largest film and TV location

Renowned filmmakers including Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Bill Condon and David Cronenberg have all used its facilities for feature films, while countless television, commercials and music videos have been filmed on site.  

It is popular due to its location, with excellent transport links to central London, and for its facilities, which include nine filming stages from 3,800 sq. ft. to 13,500 sq. ft. and twelve theatre spaces ranging from 280 sq. ft. to 3,945 sq. ft.  Stage 5 has the same floor size as the Royal Albert Hall arena, making it one of the only indoor venues suitable for large scale ballet, theatre and opera rehearsals. 

3 Mills Studios also offers production offices, construction, and prop stores, make up, costumes and green rooms and a mix of production related tenants such as catering, camera hire and casting. 

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A man answering a telephone with a BAFTA and a green screen at 3 Mills Studio
An aerial image of 3 Mills Studio in East London

Three Mill Island, home to the studios, is one of east London’s most important historic sites, and London’s oldest surviving industrial centre.  With mills on the island since the 11th century, as recorded in the Domesday Book, during its history the site has at time produced flour for Stratford’s bakers, gunpowder for Elizabethan soldiers and gin for Victorian London’s pubs. 

The largest of the remaining mills – House Mill – dates from 1776 and is the largest existing tidal mill in the world. 

The mills sustained damage during the Second World War, and the site was used for warehousing until, in the 1980s, three studios were founded on the site: Bow Studios, 3 Mills Island Studios and Edwin Shirley Productions.  These merged to become 3 Mills Studios in the mid-1990s. 

Filming equipment with a green screen at 3 Mills Studio

In August 2004, the London Development Agency acquired the studios, and ownership was transferred to the London Legacy Development Corporation – the organisation responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – in 2010.  From this point to the end of the London 2012 Games, 3 Mills Studio was the home of the London 2012 Ceremonies Team, who used the space for rehearsals and auditions for the opening and closing ceremonies. 

The Legacy Corporation now runs 3 Mills Studios commercially as an important part of its mission to drive economic growth in east London.  This has coincided with other work to improve the area around the studios such as the redevelopment of Three Mills Green and the Wild Kingdom play area. 

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